Hospital executives and operating room clinicians (physicians and nurses) at large U.S. health systems were surveyed about what

they thought the potential focus areas would be at their healthcare facilities in 2018. Here’s what they said:


of OR clinicians said that reducing costs is a key focus area compared to 83% of all healthcare executives.


of OR clinicians said improving the quality of patient care is a focus this year compared to 52% of healthcare executives.


of OR clinicians said they would like to make perioperative efficiency improvements a top priority in 2018; 64% of executives feel it should be a main focus.


of all OR clinicians surveyed at large U.S. Health systems say burnout is a real concern, with only 12% of healthcare

executives citing burnout as an important concern. The biggest concern among both groups is increased financial pressures.


of OR clinicians and 43% of executives think policy uncertainty around changes to the healthcare system is a major cause for concern in 2018.


of healthcare executives have concerns about recruiting and retaining qualified staff compared to only 8% of OR clinicians.

92% of OR clinicians said health system

sustainability improvements provide long-term cost savings; 88% of executives agree.


of OR clinicians and 50% or executives believe environmental sustainability can contribute to the value of care delivered in their healthcare system.

Source: Voices for Value Insight Series, CareAdvantage, Johnson & Johnson Medical Device Companies, 2017.



HIPS provides new resources for hospital strategists A chief innovation officer - sometimes called a chief strategy officer - is still a rela- tively new position at hospitals. One Texas Medical Center-based organization wants to bring the professionals in these positions together so they can help each other. Healthcare Innovators Professional Society (HIPS) kicked off its nonprofit aimed at providing chief innovation and chief strategy executives a place to get to know their colleagues across the country. HIPS is headquartered in the TMC Inno- vation Institute’s TMCx+ incubator space. The idea for HIPS came to Toby Hamil- ton, M.D., while he was heading Emerus Hospitals, a company that operates micro- hospitals around the nation. Hamilton was developing joint venture relationships with other healthcare systems, working with their chief innovation and strategy officers, and realized these executives needed a way to bounce ideas off of each other. HIPS is the process of inviting select members to be a part of the council, known as the Council of 33. Membership is exclusive, Hamilton said, meaning that members will not be from competing hos- pitals, whenever possible. In addition to providing these executives with a support system and a peer sounding board, HIPS will offer its councilors white papers, case studies and HIPS-specific blog content developed for and shared only with the HIPS community. Other benefits include access to leading healthcare incu- bators and accelerators as well as a diverse network of capital providers. The organization’s first event for mem- bers will be held October 2-4 at the TMC Innovation Institute.

Save the date for the 2018 AHVAP Education Conference & Supplier Showcase This year’s annual 2018 Association Of Value Analysis Professionals (AHVAP) Education Conference & Supplier Show- case will focus on the Evolution in Health- care Value Analysis.

AHVAP is an organization of nurses and clinical professionals whose expertise bridges the gap between clinical staff and the supply chain process. Using evidence- based data, professional experience, and an understanding of the cost/quality con- tinuum, these professional Value Analysis facilitators guide the clinical staff in the product selection process and assist with the resolution of quality concerns. Many AHVAP members coordinate their hospital Technology Assessment commit- tees which engage physicians in the ap-


proval of emerging medical technologies that impact the cost of healthcare. AHVAP is specifically concerned with Value Analysis in the healthcare arena. It has emerged out of an informal network of nurses sharing information and experience regarding the best demonstrated products and practices that assure safe, effective patient care.

The meeting will be held October 17-19, 2018 at the Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa, in Clearwater Beach, FL. AHVAP is also looking for Abstracts. The submission deadline is April 1, 2018. If you or a colleague have special inter- ests, expertise or new and innovative approaches to the practice of Healthcare Value Analysis, please take this oppor- tunity to submit a presentation proposal, or encourage others to do so. AHVAP is looking for concurrent session presenta- tions that are 30 or 60 minutes in length. Visit for more information.

IAHSCMM celebrating 60 Years The International Association of Health- care Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM) has been serving the Central Service/Sterile Processing (CS/SP) in- dustry worldwide since 1958. IAHCSMM has always been committed to helping advance knowledge and professional development, and supporting CS/SP pro- fessionals of all titles and backgrounds in their quest to improve patient safety. From humble beginnings with fewer than 100 members, IAHCSMM’s ever- growing roster of CS/SP professionals now exceeds 28,000, — and they want to invite you to join IAHCSMM in their an- niversary celebrations.

Join IAHCSMM at their annual confer- ences in Phoenix, AZ, which will provide attendees with resources needed to elevate their knowledge and promote ongoing quality and professionalism within their department as well as showcase vendor solutions to help them achieve their goals. The meeting is April 29 - May 2, 2018. Visit for information.

AAAHC ROI survey identifies reasons to seek accreditation According to the Accreditation Asso- ciation for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC), 2017 Return on Investment (ROI) Survey, achieving accreditation garners a wide range of clinical, financial and organizational improvements for ambulatory providers.

In the newly released report more than three quarters of organizations responding

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